With all your favourite Indian dishes, a handful of modern techniques, a drizzle of excitement, garnished culinary excellence, behold a unique new entrant into the food market, Karma Kismet is a pleasant camouflage, a melting warren of surprising flavours and ingredients paired together to give you a memorable dining experience.
As you enter the restaurant, it’s hard to miss the celestial karmic vibe pervasive in every element of dark earthy tones that make up this minimally done up space.
The menu is inspired, tastes are familiar enough, but the textures, temperature and presentation have been turned on their head – the treatment is irreverent, but it’s also more refined.
We start off with fascinating starters which have me surrendered to subtleties of flavour.
Gucchi ka Shorba is a balmy winter soother in every sense. An intense broth flavoured with earthy mushroom, white truffle oil and Kashmiri morel with slow poached vegetables & Enoki. I would pay a million bucks for this Soup alone.
Murg Daal ka Shorba is just as delicate and silken with saffron rubbed chicken dumplings, perfumed & hearty.
The next to be sighted on our horizon is the Kala Murg Malai Tikka. Baited with buttermilk and various spices, cooked with activated charcoal, the bird bursts with masalas and is infused with a seemingly inherent smoky flavours with seeming creaminess of cheddar.
However it was a vegetarian dish, Galouti ki Kismet that stood out for me as the piece de resistance!
A piquant Mushroom Galouti with creamed mushroom mince impeccably flavoured, and irresistible on the palate!
Gulnar Paneer, with figs and walnut stuffing against soft Malai, charred and melt in the mouth, was beautiful, paired with a fresh raw mango & apple salad, I loved licking the last morsel off my plate.
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It’s the fish that swims away with the honours though — Kasundi Salmon Tikka, fresh & flakey shrouded in kasundi glaze, served with taftaan chips & pearl onions that lend a burst of freshness.
Kadak Seekh Kebab rolled with triple minced Lamb, bell pepper burnoise is paired with a smoked cheese filling which bursts tremendous flavour in every bite.
Still saving some space for mains, we went ahead with the ubiquitous Indian dishes where all those elements of an Indian meal were there but just in an avant-garde manner
Dal Makhni, Butter Chicken, Mutton Rogan Josh with crispy paranthas, tasted of what I would call a pious culinary haven. Rich, rooted in authenticity and every bit decadent.
Despite the law of diminishing marginal utility (in this case, the menu) we still find ourselves diving with great enthusiasm into dessert.
Evolution of Paan, a deconstructed version of Benarsi Paan, but once you place the contents of the dessert in your mouth together they transmute into the flavour of authentic nostalgia.
Caramel kattha, gulkand Macron, fennel sponge, Saffron Snow, strawberry semi Freddo on a dehydrated paan leaf.
Sous Vide Gajar Ka Halwa looked way more innocent than it tasted, a pleasant surprise of odd textures and gorgeous flavours, earthy and creamy, a straight winner for me. There were too many memorable flavours to jot down.
But then I am merely the Virgil to your Dante, dear reader.
The DNA and the flavour of the food will remain the same, but it will be in brand new creative packaging.
Visit karma Kismet and find out for yourself.
Location: M25, E Block Road,
M block, Greater Kailash ll, New Delhi
Phone: +91- 9810770807